Before the Bright Star: Football in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan

Before the Bright Star: Football in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan

Author: 
Tounsel, Christopher
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor and Francis
Date published: 
2018
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Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 12, No.4, November 2018, pp. 735-753
Abstract: 

South Sudan's independence was accompanied by the creation of a new national football team and its entry into the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA). Despite Sudan's football history, there has not been much inquiry into the game's growth and importance in Southern Sudan. This article analyzes football's development in Southern Sudan during the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium era (1899-1956). In Northern Sudan it was featured in Khartoum's Gordon College and the Sudan Football Association. In the South, football was played at Christian mission sites; locations that aimed to challenge the spread of Islam. As the British sought to separate the North from the South, the encouragement of football in each region was a point of unity in a divisive colonial agenda; one that planted seeds of conflict for the postcolonial state.

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CITATION: Tounsel, Christopher. Before the Bright Star: Football in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan . Oxon : Taylor and Francis , 2018. Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 12, No.4, November 2018, pp. 735-753 - Available at: http://library.au.int/bright-star-football-anglo-egyptian-sudan